2017 World Baseball Classic

Finals Schedule

Date Time Gm Away   Home Broadcast Attendance
03/21 Tue 10:00 1 Netherlands 3-4 Puerto Rico TBS,
J Sports
24,865
03/22 Wed 10:00 2 United States 2-1 Japan TBS,
J Sports
33,462
03/23 Thu 10:00 3 United States 8-0 Puerto Rico TV Asahi,
J Sports
51,565

Times in Japan Standard Time.

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[8/29/2016] 2017 World Baseball Classic Survey (UPDATE 9/12 @ 2:04am)

I have been asked to do a little research on the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Information I gather could be used in a article that will be published in the next issue of Baseball Times. Those of you that have watched any of YakyuDB’s streams should be familiar with the name. They are a legitimate baseball publication in Japan.

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[5/26/2017] Motohiro Shima takes foul tip off right hand

Motohiro Shima hurt his right hand during last night’s (May 25) game against the Orix Buffaloes. The incident took place in the bottom of the ninth inning when Kengo Takeda foul tipped a ball off Shima’s right hand. He was immediately replaced by Yuichi Adachi.

Source: Sanspo 5/26/2017

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[5/25/2017] Takahiro Norimoto strikes out ten against Orix, ties NPB record

Takahiro Norimoto struck out ten in eight innings against the Orix Buffaloes at Hotto Motto Field Kobe tonight and became just the second pitcher in NPB history to record at least ten strikeouts in six consecutive starts. The other pitcher was Hideo Nomo in 1991.

Norimoto had seven strikeouts through the first seven innings of the game. He then struck out the side in the eighth to push his total to ten.

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HAN

[5/25/2017] Takashi Toritani has a broken nose

Takashi Toritani was hit by a pitch on the face during last night’s (May 24) game against the Yomiuri Giants. He was taken to a hospital in Hyogo and diagnosed with a broken nose. He will not be taken off the active roster for the time being. He was re-examined again earlier today and wore a black face guard during pre-game practices.

Source: Daily Sports 5/25/2017, Daily Sports 5/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/25/2017, Sponichi 5/25/2017

[UPDATE 5/26 @ 2:44pm]

Toritani suffered fractures in two places in his nasal bone.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/26/2017

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YAK

[5/25/2017] Wladimir Balentien suspended and fined

Wladimir Balentien started a heated argument with home plate umpire Hideto Fuke after he struck out in the first inning of last night’s (May 24) game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium. Fuke ejected Balentien for his actions (poor attitude toward an umpire’s balls and strikes calls, excessive language).

The NPB commissioner issued the following punishment today:

  • One-game suspension
  • 100,000 yen fine

The suspension is automatic based on the Central League Agreement (two or more ejections in one season results in a suspension). Balentien is the first player to be suspended since Matt Murton in 2013.

Source: NPB 5/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/25/2017

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ORI

[5/25/2017] Orix Buffaloes interested in Chris Marrero

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Orix Buffaloes are exploring options on the overseas market. One player at the top of their list is Chris Marrero. There are rumors the Buffaloes might already be close to finalizing a deal involving the twenty-eight-year-old outfielder.

Andrew Baggarly (San Jose Mercury News) and Jon Heyman (FanRag Sports) have tweeted reports confirming the rumors. Comcast SportsNet has also posted a report.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/25/2017, Baggarly Tweet, Heyman TweetComcast SportsNet

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HAM

[5/25/2017] Sho Nakata hit by baseball during practices

Sho Nakata was hit by a baseball during practices on May 24. Nakata was waiting for his turn during batting practice when a ball thrown toward home plate by Kensuke Kondo took one bounce on the ground then hit Nakata on the right side of his chin. He was treated with ice after he finished his workouts.

Source: Sponichi 5/25/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/25/2017

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[5/24/2017] MyNavi All-Star Game 2017, latest voting results from May 24

Entry Type Valid Entries Invalid Entries Total Entries
Internet 127,099 0 127,099
Paper 20,480 3,021 23,501
Totals 147,579 3,021 150,600

Total number of votes: 2,681,158

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Central League

Rnk Name JPN Name ENG Team Votes
Starting Pitchers
1 菅野 智之 Sugano, Tomoyuki YOM 32,302
2 R.メッセンジャー Messenger, Randy HAN 15,188
3 R.バルデス Valdes, Raul CHU 14,203
4 野村 祐輔 Nomura, Yusuke HIR 10,939
5 藤浪 晋太郎 Fujinami, Shintaro HAN 9,291
6 小川 泰弘 Ogawa, Yasuhiro YAK 4,797
7 今永 昇太 Imanaga, Shota YOK 4,649
8 秋山 拓巳 Akiyama, Takumi HAN 4,292
9 能見 篤史 Nomi, Atsushi HAN 3,438
10 九里 亜蓮 Kuri, Aren HIR 2,412
Relievers
1 J.ジャクソン Jackson, Jay HIR 21,321
2 S.マシソン Mathieson, Scott YOM 20,757
3 M.マテオ Mateo, Marcos HAN 20,476
4 岩瀬 仁紀 Iwase, Hitoki CHU 10,321
5 桑原 謙太朗 Kuwahara, Kentaro HAN 9,090
Closers
1 R.ドリス Dolis, Rafael HAN 31,997
2 山﨑 康晃 Yamasaki, Yasuaki YOK 27,442
3 秋吉 亮 Akiyoshi, Ryo YAK 17,250
4 田島 慎二 Tajima, Shinji CHU 13,264
5 A.カミネロ Caminero, Arquimedes YOM 9,259
Catchers
1 梅野 隆太郎 Umeno, Ryutaro HAN 35,595
2 小林 誠司 Kobayashi, Seiji YOM 31,820
3 中村 悠平 Nakamura, Yuhei YAK 14,898
4 戸柱 恭孝 Tobashira, Yasutaka YOK 11,595
5 會澤 翼 Aizawa, Tsubasa HIR 10,941
First Basemen
1 新井 貴浩 Arai, Takahiro HIR 36,233
2 阿部 慎之助 Abe, Shinnosuke YOM 25,415
3 原口 文仁 Haraguchi, Fumihito HAN 17,991
4 J.ロペス Lopez, Jose YOK 16,317
5 D.ビシエド Viciedo, Dayan CHU 15,066
Second Basemen
1 菊池 涼介 Kikuchi, Ryosuke HIR 44,622
2 山田 哲人 Yamada, Tetsuto YAK 35,601
3 上本 博紀 Uemoto, Hiroki HAN 14,945
4 荒木 雅博 Araki, Masahiro CHU 10,905
5 中井 大介 Nakai, Daisuke YOM 3,309
Third Basemen
1 鳥谷 敬 Toritani, Takashi HAN 48,892
2 C.マギー McGehee, Casey YOM 21,720
3 安部 友裕 Abe, Tomohiro HIR 16,781
4 A.ゲレーロ Guerrero, Alex CHU 9,136
5 宮﨑 敏郎 Miyazaki, Toshiro YOK 7,688
Shortstops
1 坂本 勇人 Sakamoto, Hayato YOM 50,410
2 北條 史也 Hojo, Fumiya HAN 19,339
3 田中 広輔 Tanaka, Kosuke HIR 16,599
4 京田 陽太 Kyoda, Yota CHU 15,045
5 大引 啓次 Obiki, Keiji YAK 6,658
Outfielders
1 糸井 嘉男 Itoi, Yoshio HAN 52,333
2 鈴木 誠也 Suzuki, Seiya HIR 46,596
3 筒香 嘉智 Tsutsugo, Yoshitomo YOK 45,301
4 大島 洋平 Oshima, Yohei CHU 25,334
5 丸 佳浩 Maru, Yoshihiro HIR 21,815
6 福留 孝介 Fukudome, Kosuke HAN 21,004
7 髙山 俊 Takayama, Shun HAN 18,764
8 B.エルドレッド Eldred, Brad HIR 18,102
9 平田 良介 Hirata, Ryosuke CHU 13,520
10 梶谷 隆幸 Kajitani, Takayuki YOK 11,736

Pacific League

Rnk Name JPN Name ENG Team Votes
Starting Pitchers
1 千賀 滉大 Senga, Kodai SOF 25,037
2 金子 千尋 Kaneko, Chihiro ORI 19,497
3 菊池 雄星 Kikuchi, Yusei SEI 18,641
4 則本 昂大 Norimoto, Takahiro RAK 15,905
5 岸 孝之 Kishi, Takayuki RAK 9,100
6 涌井 秀章 Wakui, Hideaki LOT 5,788
7 石川 歩 Ishikawa, Ayumu LOT 2,761
8 和田 毅 Wada, Tsuyoshi SOF 2,215
9 有原 航平 Arihara, Kohei HAM 2,124
10 高梨 裕稔 Takanashi, Hirotoshi HAM 1,800
Relievers
1 牧田 和久 Makita, Kazuhisa SEI 47,848
2 宮西 尚生 Miyanishi, Naoki HAM 17,569
3 黒木 優太 Kuroki, Yuta ORI 9,578
4 福山 博之 Fukuyama, Hiroyuki RAK 7,791
5 森 唯斗 Mori, Yuito SOF 6,635
Closers
1 松井 裕樹 Matsui, Yuki RAK 49,748
2 D.サファテ Sarfate, Dennis SOF 27,790
3 増井 浩俊 Masui, Hirotoshi HAM 9,981
4 平野 佳寿 Hirano, Yoshihisa ORI 9,947
5 増田 達至 Masuda, Tatsushi SEI 6,825
Catchers
1 嶋 基宏 Shima, Motohiro RAK 37,866
2 炭谷 銀仁朗 Sumitani, Ginjiro SEI 21,246
3 田村 龍弘 Tamura, Tatsuhiro LOT 18,303
4 大野 奨太 Ono, Shota HAM 13,009
5 甲斐 拓也 Kai, Takuya SOF 9,011
First Basemen
1 中田 翔 Nakata, Sho HAM 37,947
2 内川 聖一 Uchikawa, Seiichi SOF 31,291
3 E.メヒア Mejia, Ernesto SEI 22,446
4 銀次 Akaminai, Ginji RAK 10,268
5 井口 資仁 Iguchi, Tadahito LOT 5,822
Second Basemen
1 浅村 栄斗 Asamura, Hideto SEI 44,295
2 鈴木 大地 Suzuki, Daichi LOT 19,113
3 藤田 一也 Fujita, Kazuya RAK 12,002
4 川﨑 宗則 Kawasaki, Munenori SOF 11,464
5 田中 賢介 Tanaka, Kensuke HAM 10,110
Third Basemen
1 松田 宣浩 Matsuda, Nobuhiro SOF 33,609
2 B.レアード Laird, Brandon HAM 31,597
3 中村 剛也 Nakamura, Takeya SEI 23,107
4 Z.ウィーラー Wheeler, Zelous RAK 10,674
5 小谷野 栄一 Koyano, Eiichi ORI 6,828
Shortstops
1 茂木 栄五郎 Mogi, Eigoro RAK 38,168
2 今宮 健太 Imamiya, Kenta SOF 26,669
3 源田 壮亮 Genda, Sosuke SEI 20,405
4 中島 卓也 Nakashima, Takuya HAM 12,921
5 安達 了一 Adachi, Ryoichi ORI 5,154
Outfielders
1 秋山 翔吾 Akiyama, Shogo SEI 49,125
2 柳田 悠岐 Yanagita, Yuki SOF 43,943
3 T-岡田 Okada, Takahiro ORI 31,017
4 近藤 健介 Kondo, Kensuke HAM 30,771
5 上林 誠知 Uebayashi, Seiji SOF 29,758
6 西川 遥輝 Nishikawa, Haruki HAM 27,095
7 C.ペゲーロ Peguero, Carlos RAK 22,917
8 中村 晃 Nakamura, Akira SOF 12,403
9 栗山 巧 Kuriyama, Takumi SEI 10,568
10 角中 勝也 Kakunaka, Katsuya LOT 9,997
Designated Hitters
1 大谷 翔平 Otani, Shohei HAM 39,132
2 A.デスパイネ Despaigne, Alfredo SOF 31,654
3 J.アマダー Amador, Japhet RAK 6,608
4 山川 穂高 Yamakawa, Hotaka SEI 4,440
5 近藤 健介 Kondo, Kensuke HAM 4,224
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[5/24/2017] AbemaTV to broadcast four Waseda Jitsugyo games

AbemaTV is planning to broadcast four Waseda Jitsugyo games in Aichi on June 3 and 4. That by itself is not entirely significant. What is, however, is the possibility that the Internet TV channel is able to broadcast the game in which Kotaro Kiyomiya blasts his 100th high school home run. Kiyomiya is currently sitting on ninety-five home runs and could reach the milestone during a four game set in Okinawa this coming weekend, but the Internet TV channel is hoping he hits number 100 in Aichi.

Source: Sponichi 5/24/2017

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HAN

[5/25/2017] Takashi Toritani hit by pitch on face

Mitsuo Yoshikawa hit Takashi Toritani in the face with a 144km/h fastball in the fifth inning of tonight’s (May 24) game between the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium. A stretcher was prepared, but Toritani was able to get up and walk off the field on his own. He was taken to a hospital for tests. Tomoaki Kanemoto told reporters he thought the ball hit Toritani on the nose.

Source: Sanspo 5/24/2017, Nikkan Sports 5/24/2017

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[5/24/2017] Takahiro Shiomi tosses shutout against Ni-gun Yakult

Takahiro Shiomi got a late start this season because of lower back pain (herniated disc). He started a Ni-gun game against Yakult on May 23 and recorded a complete game shutout victory. He threw 122 pitches, faced thirty-five batters, gave up six hits, walked/hit three, and topped out at 144km/h.

Shiomi has so far pitched in four Ni-gun games and allowed just two runs in twenty-four innings of work.

Source: Sports Hochi 5/23/2017, Sports Hochi 5/24/2017

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hanshin 43 26 17 0
Hiroshima 46 26 19 1
Yomiuri 44 23 21 0
Yokohama 45 20 23 2
Yakult 44 19 25 0
Chunichi 46 17 26 3
G W L T
Rakuten 39 28 11 0
Softbank 46 28 18 0
Seibu 42 24 17 1
Nippon Ham 43 18 25 0
Orix 43 18 25 0
Lotte 45 12 32 1
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